Delivery for impact: The dissemination of rice-related knowledge and technology
IRRI was established in 1960 in recognition of the importance of rice and the people who depend on it. In the early, 1960s there was fear of widespread famine in Asia and the subsequent instability of the sovereignty of nation-states in the area. In an attempt to alleviate poverty, hunger, and potential instability, IRRI has worked toward the goal of improving the well-being of present and future generations of rice farmers and consumers, particularly those with low income.
Literally from the inception of irri, training was a key component in its dissemination information from research and in the development of national research systems. The first IRRI training course was a 12-month rice production course. The scientists/trainees then assisted in the replication of the course for another group of Filipino scientists. Thus began the model of training, train-the-trainer, and devolution of information and technical knowledge and process into national systems.
Since then, IRRI's training effort has been consistent with the goals and objectives of the Institute. Despite changes in the organization, in its goals and objectives, and in the alignment of training within the organization, IRRI training has remained true to its original mandate.